A day after mortar shelling in Pargwal area, Pakistani Rangers and regular troops on Thursday started targeting forward Indian positions with mortar shells both along the international border in R S Pura and Tawi area of Jammu, besides Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch.
Pointing out that this has been the third ceasefire violation by Pakistan during the last 24 hours, sources said that unprovoked firing by Rangers started in R S Pura and Tawi belt around 1.15 am. By 3.50 am, they started firing mortars on the Indian side.
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Though the mortar shelling from across the border stopped around 5.30 am, small arms firing was continuing at intermittent intervals. The BSF retaliated, sources said, adding that there was no casualty or damage on the Indian side.
Meanwhile, Pakistani troops also targeted forward Indian positions along the LoC in Shahpur area of Poonch district around 1.30 am. The Indian army retaliated.
Thursday’s ceasefire violation by Pakistan was the third in the last 24 hours as on Wednesday, and fourth after its Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif shook hands with PM Narendra Modi at Ufa in Russia on Friday and reiterated his government’s commitment to fight terror. A woman was killed and five others including two BSF personnel were injured in mortar shelling by Pakistan in Pargwal and Kanachak areas.
The shelling followed two unsuccessful attempts by terrorists to infiltrate into the state from Pakistan side since Sunday. While Army troops had killed three infiltrating terrorists along the LoC in Valley, one was killed in Poonch.
The fresh trouble on the borders started after a snipping fire from Pakistan side injured a BSF jawan in Kanachak sector on Wednesday morning, forcing the BSF to retaliate. The firing which was initially confined to small arms fire later intensified with Rangers pounding even civilian areas on the Indian side with 82 mm mortar shells.
Pointing out that there has been a spurt in incidents of ceasefire violations and infiltration attempts from Pakistan side, sources attributed these to growing desperation among Rangers to push in armed terrorists to the Indian side especially when Amarnath yatra has been going on smoothly in the last fortnight. Nearly two lakh pilgrims so far have darshan at Amarnath shrine in South Kashmir Himalayas.
Meanwhile, the civil administration has shifted villagers from border villages along the Line of Control in Pargwal area to the local higher secondary school at a safer place. Rakesh Kumar, Sub Divisional Magistrate, Khour, said that they were watching the situation and they have made all arrangements to meet any eventuality.